September 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The body of common misunderstandings and myths used by the LGBT lobbyists to foster the homosexual lifestyle and gender theory in society and institutions has received a splintering crack with the publication of a report dealing with sexual orientation, mental health, social conduct, and gender identity.
Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, biostatistician and epidemiologist, and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, distinguished service professor, in the Department of Psychiatry at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, published the fruit of their endeavor in The New Atlantis. The report summarizes the evidence of 200 case studies. The results pull the carpet out from underneath pseudo-scientific arguments touted by LGBT lobbyists regarding sexuality in the United States and the world.
Mayer and McHugh integrated biological, psychological, and social data to create an extensive understating of the topics in question. Focus was given to mental health problems connected to a gay lifestyle as well as children who do not identify with their biological sex.
The first section of the report deals with sexual orientation. It explains that sexual orientation is a biologically fixed property of human beings. This simple truth seems surprising in a society where gender theory has already planted its root. The study shows further evidence that while “biological factors such as genes and hormones are associated with sexual behaviors and attractions, there are no compelling causal biological explanations for human sexual orientation. While minor differences in the brain structures and brain activity between homosexual and heterosexual individuals have been identified by researchers, such neurobiological findings do not demonstrate whether these differences are innate or are the result of environmental and psychological factors.”
Also interesting, the researchers found that 80 percent of male adolescents who feel insecure about their sexuality report that same-sex attraction is no longer experienced once they have reached adulthood. This information stands in clear opposition to the argument that an inordinate attraction to the same sex points necessarily toward a sexual orientation that one must yield to and follow. The case study shows further that heterosexuals are about two to three times less likely to have experienced childhood sexual abuse in comparison with those later “coming out” as homosexuals.
The second part of the study deals with mental health issues and social stresses that are common among homosexuals. It shows that the non-heterosexual population is at an elevated risk to suffer a variety of health and mental health issues. People living a homosexual lifestyle are about 1.5 times more likely to experience anxiety; they run double the risk of depression, and 2.5 times the risk of suicide. The numbers are more extreme for people who are transgender: 41 percent have had a suicide attempt in their lifetime, whereas the rate for the general U.S. population is below 5 percent.
The study sheds further light on issues of gender identity. “The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ — is not supported by scientific evidence.”
Contrasting the image often portrayed by the media, only 0.6 percent of U.S. adults identify as a gender that does not correspond to their biological sex. There is no correlation between brain structure and cross-gender identifications. Therefore, there is no neurobiological basis for gender identification that transgresses from biological sex. Here, the numbers are depressing as well: Compared with the general population, adults who have undergone sex-reassignment surgery are five times more likely to attempt suicide. Furthermore, “there is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.”
The physicians wanted to offer a careful summary and an “up-to-date explanation of many of the most rigorous findings” produced by their research. Their inquiry included the examination of a vast body of scientific literature from several disciplines, as stated in the introduction. “Since the relevant literature is rife with inconsistent and ambiguous definitions, we not only examine the empirical evidence but also delve into underlying conceptual problems. This report does not, however, discuss matters of morality or policy: Our focus is on the scientific evidence — what it shows and what it does not show.” The intention was to provide a “shared framework for intelligent, enlightened discourse in political, professional, and scientific exchanges” and an alleviation of “suffering and promote human health and flourishing.”
For more information, see the report: Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul R. McHugh, “Executive Summary,” Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences, The New Atlantis, Number 50, Fall 2016.